1025 Mckenna Blvd
Madison, WI 53719-2253
|Play- based||mostly teacher led||not formally in curriculum||conducive environment|
|Nursery rhymes, poems, songs|
|Emerging literacy skills|
|Math & number sense||
|Time & space||
|Sci. reasoning/physical world||
|Other subjects taught||Yoga Spanish|
From the Director:
Children learn as they play with the support of reflective teachers who make learning come alive.
ORNS has one teacher and a small group of children per class. This structure provides children with a sense of security, ownership and community. Teachers get to know each student well and works with each family to provide the best education possible for their child.
"The purpose of ORNS is to provide a creative environment that focuses on the social and emotional development of the preschool child while addressing their physical and intellectual growth. This is to be accomplished by recognizing and building upon each individual's personal and family experiences.
The philosophy of ORNS is:
To provide a developmentally appropriate program for children in a safe, caring and creative atmosphere through child/teacher initiated activities.
To encourage social and emotional development and a positive self-image.
To offer opportunities for hands-on exploration, experimentation and discovery through play.
To recognize and build upon each child's uniqueness with regard to their personal and family experiences.
Childhood is a time of discovery and adventure. Children need time and space for discovery. Our philosophy at ORNS maintains that children learn best by doing and we provide many hands-on activities for creative, sensory and interactive experiences.
Excerpted from the preschool's website
8:50-9:05 Arrival/Morning Meeting
9:10-9:30 Free Play/Project Time
9:50-10:10 Group Time
10:30-10:35Â Quiet Book Time
10:35-11:15Â Second Free Play Time
11:15-11:30Â Clean Up
11:30-11:50 Outside/Pick Up Time
At ORNS, teachers hold a parent information night for each class prior to the beginning of the school year. Teachers have parent/teacher conferences twice a year. Parents and teachers have the opportunity to speak daily and communicate regularly via email or phone. We also provide an average of one parent education class per month on subjects such as organization, photography, child guidance, nutrition, etc.
We have four extra staff members ready to step in a classroom at any moment who can assist children who are having a difficult time separating with their parents. We encourage parents to stay with their child for a bit and then leave. We calm and reassure the child and call the parent/guardian with an update within 10 minutes of their departure or even sooner if the child is feeling better.